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About our District

Cleveland GraduatesSeattle Public Schools is the largest K-12 school system in Washington state, serving nearly 52,000 students in 97 schools. We have a staff of about 9,000 which includes about 2,900 teachers. About 370 of the teachers are Nationally Board Certified.

Academic Vision


We are focused on improving academic achievement for all students and committed to ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and life. We strive to provide excellent teachers in every classroom, set high expectations for every student, meet the needs of our diverse learners, and prepare our students to excel.

Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland


Dr. Larry NylandDr. Larry Nyland was appointed by the School Board as the Interim Superintendent for the 2014-15 school year. He will lead Washington state’s largest K-12 school district, with 9,000 employees and nearly 52,000 students.

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Seattle School Board


The Seattle School Board of Directors is an elected body of seven citizens representing seven different regions. Each member serves four years. They are elected by district in the primary elections and at-large (city-wide) in the general elections of odd-numbered years.


Map of the seven Director districts
District Directors District Map
District I, Sharon Peaslee (President) District I Map
District II, Sherry Carr District II Map
District III, Harium Martin-Morris District III Map
District IV, Sue Peters District IV Map
District V, Stephan Blanford District V Map
District VI, Marty McLaren (Member-at-Large) District VI Map
District VII, Betty Patu (Vice President) District VII Map













Awards and Distinctions


Our teachers, students and our school system continue to be recognized for excellence. Information and good news about Seattle Public Schools are highlighted regularly in School Beat, our District e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter at @seapubschools or Facebook at facebook.com/SeattlePublicSchools.

District Quick Facts

Our Students
  • Nearly 52,000 
  • 128 languages spoken by our students
  • 40% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch
  • 12% of students are English language learners
  • 14% of students receive Special Education services
Our Schools
  • 97 total schools
  • 60 elementary schools
  • 10 K-8 schools
  • 10 middle schools
  • 12 high schools
  • 5 service schools
  • Special Education services offered at every school
Our Staff (estimated)
  • 9,000 total (FTE)
  • 2,900 teachers
  • 835 paraprofessionals
  • 450 certified instructional staff
  • 150 principals and assistant principals
  • 369 National Board-Certified teachers
Our Numbers
  • $689 million general fund budget
  • 73% is allocated to teaching and instruction
  • 16% is allocated to transportation, food services, maintenance and operations
  • 5% is allocated to central administration
  • 6% is allocated to principals' offices
Source: Seattle Public Schools Adopted Budget 2014-15

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